When I read the “admission-gate” scandal – I read it from multiple perspectives – as a university professor, as a psychologist, as a parent of college and high school age children, and as a person who writes about narcissism and entitlement.
Hard work is for people too dumb to game the system, and disadvantaged members of society are disadvantaged "by choice." Additional costs to the "side door" college admissions scandal: —The honest, genuinely talented youth denied admission because some undeserving rich kid with bogus SAT scores or photoshopped physical prowess finessed their way onto the water polo, rowing, or tennis teams.
If it helps, use a 1-7 scale, with 1 being "Definitely not characteristic of me at all" and 7 being "yup, that's me alright!" These items comprise the narcissism subscale of Jonason and Webster's (2010) Dirty Dozen measure of a cluster of traits that psychologists call the Dark Triad .
According to Schröder-Abé and Fatfouta, one way to answer these questions is by measuring narcissists’ implicit and explicit self-perceptions.1 The current study was conducted to examine implicit and explicit self-views in communal narcissists. Communal narcissism was associated with explicit communal-self views only.
The job of the participants was to answer a series of questions about the targets including their apparent self-esteem, narcissism, likability, potential for becoming a friend, personality attributes associated with “communal” qualities (such as caring and helpful) and “egoistic” attributes (manipulative, arrogant, attention-seeking).
For the first time, a new study, “Psychological Correlates of Self-Harm within Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual UK University Students,” reports that low self-esteem may have a bigger influence on self-injury behaviors than depression or anxiety.
“We know [from past research] that people like those who have higher self-esteem,” says lead author Miranda Giacomin, a psychologist who teaches at MacEwan University in Canada. Despite accurate perceptions that narcissistic targets were self-absorbed, study participants still viewed grandiose narcissists as having high self-esteem and liked them more as a result.
Papageorgiou recently picked up on this theme in another follow-up study, “The Positive Effect of Narcissism on Depressive Symptoms Through Mental Toughness: Narcissism May Be a Dark Trait but It Does Help with Seeing the World Less Grey,” which was published online Nov. 1, 2018, in the journal European Psychiatry.
According to the Dutch research team, children who are fated to become high in narcissism “feel superior to others, believe they are entitled to privileges, and crave admiration.” They expect to be lavished with inflated praise, and when their parents provide it non-stop, may become more narcissistic over time.
As the manhole cover question shows, if you’ve ever been interviewed by someone who includes questions that seem irrelevant to the admission or job position you’re seeking, you can relate to the feeling of being completely stumped.
Indeed, the research conducted by Winner and Nicholson is based on the characterization of overparenting as “oversolicitous parenting observed in parents of younger children, where parents display high levels of warmth and involvement in situations where children do not need assistance or reassurance.” Its most damaging effects, they go on to argue, are most “troubling for the psychological development of young adult children” (p.